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American Salvage

(2009)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
A lush and rowdy collection of stories set in a rural Michigan landscape, where wildlife, jobs, and ways of life are vanishing. New from award-winning Michigan writer Bonnie Jo Campbell, "American Salvage" is rich with local color and peopled with rural characters who love and hate extravagantly. They know how to fix cars and washing machines, how to shoot and clean game, and how to cook up methamphetamine, but they have not figured out how to prosper in the twenty-first century. Through the complex inner lives of working-class characters, Campbell illustrates the desperation of post-industrial America, where wildlife, jobs, and whole ways of life go extinct and the people have no choice but to live off what is left behind. The harsh Michigan winter is the backdrop for many of the tales, which are at turns sad, brutal, and oddly funny. One man prepares for the end of the world - scheduled for midnight December 31, 1999 - in a pole barn with chickens and survival manuals. An excruciating burn causes a man to transcend his racist and sexist world view. Another must decide what to do about his meth-addicted wife, who is shooting up on the other side of the bathroom door. A teen aged sharpshooter must devise a revenge that will make her feel whole again. Though her characters are vulnerable, confused, and sometimes angry, they are also resolute. Campbell follows them as they rebuild their lives, continue to hope and dream, and love in the face of loneliness. Fellow Michiganders, fans of short fiction, and general readers will enjoy this poignant and affecting collection of tales.

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Hardback Editions

December 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: American Salvage (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
ISBN: 0-8143-3486-5 / 978-0-8143-3486-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
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Paperback Editions

December 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: American Salvage
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
ISBN: 0-393-33919-X / 978-0-393-33919-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: American Salvage (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
ISBN: 0-8143-3412-1 / 978-0-8143-3412-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
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June 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: American Salvage
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
Publisher: Recorded Books
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June 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: American Salvage
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
Publisher: Recorded Books
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June 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: American Salvage
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
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2010 : USA Audio CD

Title: American Salvage (Unabridged Audio CDs)
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
ISBN: 1-4498-0404-7 / 978-1-4498-0404-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2009 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: American Salvage
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
ISBN: 1-4407-9511-8 / 978-1-4407-9511-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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Kindle Editions

November 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: American Salvage (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
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March 2009 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: American Salvage (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
Author(s): Bonnie Jo Campbell
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
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